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When it came time to potty train our oldest, I read books and browsed the Internet for advice. I tried the bribing with M&Ms, using the potty every 20 or so minutes and shopping for cool new underwear, but in reality, he just was not ready. Jonathan was almost 3 years old and heading off to preschool in the fall so I wanted to have him potty trained in time, but we were not off to a good start. After a couple weeks of trying, I was over stressed and decided to stop pushing him to use the potty. A few months later he started showing interested in using the potty and wanted to wear underwear “like Dad” instead of a diaper, he was just over 3 years old.
To make it a fun experience, I made a potty chart and we put a sticker up every time the potty was used. Jonathan was big into stickers, so allowing him to pick out some of his favorite character stickers at the store was a big deal. In just a few short days, and couple accidents he was potty trained.
Tips for potty training:
- Your child has to be good and ready, if your child is not ready, it can cause for a very stressful situation, with lots of cleaning up messes. Waiting just a few months more than I wanted to was the key to potty training Jonathan, and it was almost instant. Once he determined he was ready, he caught on quick.
- Reward you child when s/he is successful. You can make or print a sticker chart or reward them with their favorite snack or meal after a successful dry day.
- Watch for his “cues”: Are there certain movements your child makes when they have to go to the bathroom
- For those of you potty training boys, Cheerios make for great target practice
- Read a child’s book about potty training, or keep a few books within arms reach of the toilet.
- Make sure to have plenty of soft toilet paper.
When it comes to toilet paper, I am a bit picky. I don’t want to be wiping myself with sandpaper and I’m sure my kids do not want to also. It not only needs to be durable, but ultra soft as well which is why I make sure to keep our cabinets filled with Charmin. Toilet paper is one product which we go through quite often, so I prefer to shop at our local Sam’s Club to stock up. For a limited time Charmin Ultra Soft is back at Sam’s Club for a limited time, and it even comes with a bonus thousand free extra sheets per pack! With the rate that we go through toilet paper, that extra thousand free sheets is a huge plus.
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